A Second Delay for 5010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has again delayed enforcement of the HIPAA 5010 transaction standards, pushing the deadline back three months to June 30, 2012.

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Coding Observation E/M Codes

Monday Coding Quiz: Observation E/M codes (99218–99220) are used when:

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The ABCs of Government Auditors

More than a dozen government audit programs currently inspect Medicare and Medicaid claims. Following are descriptions of the major auditors and their areas of focus. CERT CMS implemented the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program to measure improper payments in the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) program. It was designed to comply with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010. All claims for the CERT program...

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Breach List Hits 400 Reports, 19 Million Records

It has been two years since enforcement of the federal breach notification rule began, and in that time covered entities and their business associates have logged 400 large-scale breaches dating back to September 2009, the rule’s effective date. The breach rule describes a covered entity’s responsibilities to notify victims of a breach to their personal health information. In cases of breach involving the records of 500 or more...

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How to Request Your Medical Records
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How to Request Your Medical Records

If you’ve never requested your medical records from your doctor or hospital before, the process can seem complicated. However, understanding the law, the requirements, and the basic steps will ease the process.

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